Why is there a 4-H Pledge?

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The pledge is said at the be­gin­ning of ev­ery meet­ing or 4-H event. It en­cour­ages a bal­anced lifestyle (in­tel­lec­tual, emo­tional, phys­i­cal, spir­i­tual), and re­minds par­tic­i­pants to al­ways aim to be a good friend, men­tor, com­mu­nity mem­ber and citizen.

The pledge en­com­passes the ideals and main goal of the 4-H pro­gram; de­vel­op­ing well-rounded, re­spon­si­ble and in­de­pen­dent youth.

The key ob­jec­tive of the 4-H ed­u­ca­tional move­ment is learn­ing through ex­pe­ri­ence. This ob­jec­tive is en­com­passed in the 4-H Canada Motto - Learn To Do By Do­ing.

Mem­bers are al­ways en­cour­aged to bet­ter them­selves through true par­tic­i­pa­tion at all lev­els of the 4-H pro­gram. As an in­for­mal ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram, 4-H helps young peo­ple de­velop a va­ri­ety of per­sonal skills re­lated to work­ing with other peo­ple; skills re­lated to projects of spe­cial in­ter­est to the mem­bers; and skills re­lated to a young per­son de­vel­op­ing into a re­spon­si­ble citizen. The 4-H motto ap­plies di­rectly to the de­vel­op­ment of these skills – it stip­u­lates that a 4-H mem­ber learns skills by ac­tu­ally do­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties re­lated to those skills.

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